The one big consolation from getting older is hindsight. We’ve hopefully learned from our life mistakes and that adds up to wisdom. It’s no guarantee, even though it should be, unless, unless…. and this is core of the story:
A friend of mine recently turned 65. She spent most of her adult life as a school teacher. Another friend of mine, nearly the same age, spent most of his life working in real estate. He crafted deals, did some building, selling, and also ran several small businesses outside of real estate.
Both people have bachelor degrees. Now you would think that two, highly intelligent, educated and mature people, who arrived at retirement age about the same time, would have a lot of overlapping views when it came to politics, right?
Nope, not even close. She (the teacher) thinks Obama was the most wonderful president in history and she never misses an opportunity to extol what she sees as his virtues. On the other hand, [he] thinks Obama will be rated as one of the worst presidents of all time! She points to the Affordable Care Act as proof of her passionately held view, and ironically, so does he.
What’s going on here, its the same criteria, but two polar opposite views?
Well, when both people took personality tests there were some defining differences. She was rated as emotional, caring, creative, with many good motherly qualities. He (the business guy) was rated as logical and possessing many desirable leadership qualities while also being caring and creative.
If I dare venture into the area of stereotypes now, I would have to say that it’s been my personal experience that school teachers do tend to be liberal, very liberal…bleeding heart liberal! And in many cases they are activists for the cause du jour and they vote democrat. Not all teachers of course, but many in my opinion.
Conversely, my male friend is typically conservative; he’s well grounded, thoughtful, and makes decisions based on risk v. reward, return on equity and so on. Smart, kind of like the way Donald Trump operates.
If these two people could have swapped careers, its safe to say that my teacher friend would either have adapted (change a lot of her thinking) to her new riskier environment or face failure after failure and eventually…financial ruin. Much like our country is facing right now.
I can’t say the same for my conservative friend. I’m thinking he would be just fine in a teaching roll and better yet, his students would NOT have to do a lot of re-learning once they entered the real world.
My conclusion is, teaching is one of the few safe professions for liberals and so they gravitate there. They overload the profession with their foolish and stupid minority views. In teaching, they can harbor their stupid ideas and beliefs and yet do quite well. They can even excel and be lauded for their liberal stupidity because most of their peers think just like them, another example of circular reasoning.
Now back to Obama. His legacy is history will paint him as one of this nation’s worst presidents, because he failed at controlling the debt, failed at international diplomacy, failed at economic growth, failed at race relations, failed as a military leader, failed as a domestic security (law enforcement) leader and failed at healthcare reform. In the meanwhile this buffoon lives it up on the taxpayer’s money like a king. Funny, my liberal school teacher friend missed all those blunders, but my conservative friend sure didn’t!
The bottom line is: If liberalism isn’t classified as a form of mental illness, it probably should be. It has all the earmarks of an irrational and unstable mind. And the last place we need crazy people … is teaching our kids or in politics.